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Apple IIgs Emulator August 18, 2011

Posted by Robert Harder in Review.
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We all have our own bits of nostalgia when it comes to computers “back in the day.” OK, maybe you don’t, but I do. I have many fond memories of my Apple IIgs and all of its glory. I had a Woz edition with a TransWarp GS, the Hard Disk 20SC, and the good ol’ ImageWriter II. Why let the past go, when you can run old programs on your screaming fast modern hardware with an emulator? On the Mac, the best Apple IIgs emulator is Sweet16, which is still in active development (2011). It even supports printing (to the Mac’s Preview.app).

I found a bunch of Apple IIgs disk images (location updated), and I recognized some of the programs, not that you can do much with them nowadays, but it’s fun. Try it out for yourself. Have some fun.

Happy Memories

Here are some screen shots that I was able to produce. What fun!

The GS/OS 6 Finder:

Many a birthday card did I print with Print Shop! I wish I could still print them out…

AppleWorks was a real winner:


GNO Multitasking Environment (GNO/ME). Unix for the Apple IIgs. This was a new one to me, but here it is!

So many more old programs to explore. Have fun!


I should add that if you’re having trouble getting files from your Mac into your GS image, since Apple dropped support for plain HFS disk images in OS 10.5 or 10.6, there’s a roundabout way to do it. I tried the program CiderPress, which is an open source tool on Windows for reading and writing ProDOS (and other) disk images. If you don’t have Windows anywhere, you might try WineBottler to run Windows apps on your Mac, though I don’t know if it works with CiderPress or not.


1. Lim Thye Chean - August 21, 2011


Love your article! There are still many Apple II and old Macintosh users out there – if you love retro Apple stuffs, joined the RetroMacCast web site! I myself have one dedicated to Apple IIGS and my Apple loving family: http://retromaccast.ning.com/profile/LimThyeChean

Sweet16 is great! If you have an older Mac, try hunting down Bernie ][ The Rescue. Also tried DiversiTune for music!

2. Robert Harder - August 22, 2011

@Lim Great site. “They’re not old, they’re retro!”

3. Lim Thye Chean - August 22, 2011


They have one of the best retro podcast. If you are in love with Apple II, there are 1MHz and Open Apple podcasts too!

My own Apple IIGS is still alive and kicking: http://retromaccast.ning.com/video/apple-iigs

4. fossilDude - December 9, 2011

Thanks! I’m really into nostalgia, er retro tech. I keep my old Windoz 3.1 system going for a soecial games. I also have an IMSAI 8080 from 1976 I’ve kept running. Sort of. The 8″ floppy died. I wasn’t able to find one and get it working with CP/M, so back to MITS Basic. Love that text-graphics trek game…


5. karangan bunga - September 11, 2012

That’s great topic until now i always using mac..

6. is.gd - January 29, 2014

I was able to find goood info from your articles.

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